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Thigh high socks
The term and the trope come from anime and mangawith the term being Back yard nudity as an homage to the AT fields in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Zettai Ryouiki is made up of three components: socks or stockingsSharon tallest woman, and skirt. For more info, check this article. As per usual for fandom who obsess about costumesthis can be considered a moe attribute and thus, appear prominently in character des and schoolgirl outfitsdespite the fact that it kind of defeats the point of a uniform.
Since a Zettai Ryouiki is defined by the length of the stockings or socks, some people have categorized them into grades depending on the length of the socks.
It has gained popularity around the world, especially in Japan, where it is a very popular fashion item with girls and young women, so the occurrence of Zettai Ryouiki can be regarded as Truth in Television. Tropes Are Flexible : This trope not only covers socks but thigh-high boots as well. An Action Girl may trade the skirt for hotpants or other short bottoms note However, it My sister turned me into a woman not be too short like a leotard, or it'll mess the ratiobut if it doesn't include thigh-highs and visible skin, it's not Zettai Ryouiki.
See also Joshikousei a combination of Japanese girls and the school uniform this trope is often combined withStocking Filler for stockings without the skirtsMinidress of PowerWho Wears Short Shorts?
The core reason for this may also be tied to the Theiss Titillation Theory. Compare with Opera Gloveswhich are the equivalents for arms.
Contrast Proper Tights with a Skirt. Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes.
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Not shown in exhibit A: the legendary Grade S. Show Spoilers. How well does it match the trope?